About the only thing Hollywood is good at nowadays is being completely unoriginal. It's actually starting to turn into one huge joke. A ginormous punch line that everyone else seems to get but the studio executives. They really need to stop with the remakes, rehashes, and retellings of classic and soon-to-be classic movies and grow an originality spine sooner rather than later. Nothing against Spike Lee, but did Oldboy (2003) really need to be remade? Especially given that the original is only ten years old? And awesome?
And do I even need to mention that it's been whitewashed?
If the burning desire to remake this movie just had to be quenched, why Josh Brolin? There are plenty of talented Asian-American actors that could have easily stepped into the lead role. I can just see Rick Yune kicking ass now. Or Daniel Dae Kim. Or Sung Kang. Or Ken Watanabe. See? It's really not that hard. And I'm being generous here, because not all of these talented actors are even Korean.
Maybe this movie will defy all other remakes and be the next best thing since sliced bread. But being that the original source material is a Korean production, wouldn't the American version have been the perfect opportunity to cast an Asian as the lead in a mainstream Hollywood movie for a change? One that doesn't have the word "ninja" or "warrior" in the title. And especially one that has an experienced, well-known director at the helm.
But Tinsel Town can't have that, can they? Gotta keep the Great White
Here's the trailer for the original Korean cult hit film:
Now, I ask again: Did this vision of near-perfection really need to be remade?